I didn’t think there was anything worse than Universal Studios Orlando getting rid of their Ghostbusters show. Then they got rid of the Alfred Hitchock attraction. What came next made my skin crawl; the removal of ol’ King Kong, which was dwarfed in comparison when Uni celebrated their 100th anniversary by taking Jaws out of the theme park as well. The only thing worse in my life was when EPCOT decided to retool Journey into Imagination, thus bastardizing my childhood memories forever. Just when I thought it couldn’t get worse, it did…
According to the ever-so-popular Disney blog DisneythePooh, Disneyland California will wave goodbye to The Haunted Mansion dark ride that opened back on August 9, 1969. The attraction will take attendees on one last tour August 9, 2012 before it’s demolished for a future attraction, one that will drive you to insanity.
Both Disneyland and Disneyworld butchered their Pirates of the Caribbean attraction by adding Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow throughout. Now they’re punching us fans right in the nose as they’re replacing the Haunted Mansion with an entire new land. By summer 2015 “New Orleans Square” will be trasnformed into “The Caribbean,” all based around the Pirates attraction. Inspired by Universal Orlando’s new “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter”, the land will be completely revamped to match Walt Disney Pictures popular franchise that’s banked more than $4 billion worldwide over the course of the release of the four films. All star Depp.
While the Disneyworld Haunted Mansion, opened on October 1, 1971, is still safe, Disney made it very clear that it could dismantle the Orlando mansion
castle in order to expand the park northward with its own “Caribbean”. The delay is the extreme difficulty in relocating the original Pirates attraction to where Haunted Mansion used to be. DisneythePooh implies that they may just revamp the Pirates ride completely…
Say “goodbye”, foolish mortals, to the Haunted Mansion.
DisneythePooh has set up a petition to stop the removal of the classic dark ride that, for now, will still be haunting Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Paris. You can also type #SaveHauntedMansion to @Disney.